Europe's finest road cycling holiday - the Route des Grandes Alpes
The Route des Grandes Alpes is a 700 kilometre long Alpine road from Thonon-les-Bains on the shores of Lake Geneva to Menton on the Mediterranean. This spectacular strip of tarmac provides one of the world's classic road cycling challenges, whilst cutting through the heart of the French Alps by way of many of the most famous Tour de France climbs, such as the Cormet de Roselend, the Col de l'Iseran, the Col du Galibier and the Col de l'Izoard. This is undoubtedly a contender for the best road cycling holiday in Europe!
Refined and improved for 2019, our version of the ride follows the original Route des Grandes Alpes pretty faithfully, with just a couple of minor deviations to avoid potentially busy stretches of road. Crossing more than 20 significant cols in 7 and a half days of cycling, this is an iconic route that all experienced and enthusiastic road cyclists should ride at least once. With vehicle support, all meals included and a good standard of hotel accommodation throughout, this is one of the most cost-effective ways to ride this route. Low cost flights operating into Geneva and out of Nice work well with this holiday.